Fantasy NASCAR Kevin Harvick

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Track position is going to be key at Kansas this weekend, so the drivers that didn’t make it on to the track during qualifying on Friday have another hurdle to get over once this weekend’s Go Bowling 400 goes green on Saturday night. Like at Texas, a handful of teams didn’t make it through qualifying inspection on Friday, namely Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The full starting lineup can be found by clicking here.

We got two practice sessions on Friday afternoon, but you have to take those speeds with a grain of salt considering we will be racing on Saturday night. The results of those can be found here: Practice #1 — Happy Hour. As always, our in-depth notes are also very helpful, and those can be found here: Practice #1 — Happy Hour.

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Final Top 25 Ranking For The Kansas Go Bowling 400

1. Kevin Harvick – Starts 8th – DraftKings Price: $10,400 – Yahoo! A Group
**Risk Factor: Low Risk**

There’s a lot of drivers and teams looking for their first win of the season, and one of those is Kevin Harvick. He should have won at Atlanta earlier this year but got a speeding penalty late in the race, and since then the #4 Ford has shown some signs of being strong enough to win, but it seems like this team has one more hurdle to get over before they finally get back to their winning ways. Now the question is, can Harvick win at Kansas? He qualified 8th for Saturday night’s race and looked like one of the stronger cars in practice on Friday, posting the 2nd-best ten-lap average and winding up 13th on the overall speed chart. Here at Kansas, Harvick has been great over the last few years, finishing 1st or 2nd in five of the last seven races and not having a result worse than 16th over that span. If he can get out front here on Saturday night, Harvick could easily set sail on the competition en route to his first win of the season.

2. Martin Truex, Jr. – Starts 3rd – DraftKings Price: $9,700 – Yahoo! A Group
**Risk Factor: Low Risk**

Any time that the #78 Toyota is fast off the truck, I’m pretty sure that the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage area collectively holds their breath. Martin Truex, Jr. is the most likely driver to dominate at a track like Kansas, and it doesn’t hurt that he led a race-high 172 laps in this event one year ago. This weekend, the #78 Toyota was on top of the Practice #1 speed chart and then Truex clocked in at 3rd-fastest during Happy Hour while also posting the 5th-best ten-lap average. Truex has never won here at Kansas Speedway but he does have a couple of runner-up finishes to his credit here. As far as momentum goes, this #78 team hasn’t had a top 5 finish in the last five races, but it is noteworthy that they have led at least 42 laps in five of the last eight. Truex dominated and went to victory lane at Las Vegas earlier this year, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he did the exact same thing this weekend in Kansas.

3. Joey Logano – Starts 2nd – DraftKings Price: $9,500 – Yahoo! A Group
**Risk Factor: Low Risk**

Both Penske teams will be without their usual crew chiefs this weekend, but I don’t really see that as a very big deal. If anything, it gives the team a new perspective of sorts as far as in-race strategy goes. Heading into Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400, Logano is in the best position between the two Penske teams, as he qualified on the outside pole for this weekend’s race. Track position is very important here at Kansas, so that’s one less thing the #22 team will have to worry about. As far as his record here at this track, Logano has won two of the last five races at Kansas and has wound up inside the top 5 in six of the last seven. This weekend, the #22 Ford probably isn’t going to lead the most laps, but over the last four races here at Kansas, the driver who led the most laps hasn’t gone to victory lane. Logano is one of those drivers that will be up there fighting all night, and I think he’ll ‘steal one’ under the lights this weekend. He’s only finished worse than 6th twice in the first ten races this year.

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